A Cautious Man
April 08, 2004
Strolled All Alone Through a Fallout Zone
In all the fussing about the testimony today of Ms. Rice, before the 9-11 Commission, it seems that former President Clinton also met with them today:
The federal panel reviewing the Sept. 11 attacks met with former President Clinton in a private session Thursday that commissioners described as frank and informative.In contrast, President Bush will be meeting with the 9-11 Commission under a time limit, and with Vice President Cheney at his side.
The 10-member panel interviewed Clinton for nearly four hours to discuss what his administration could have done to prevent the attacks. The former president was "forthcoming and responsive," said the commission.
The panel said it didn't plan to release specific details of the meeting, saying much of it involved classified information.
Commissioners said Clinton addressed "big-picture" policy issues, including his administration's response to the October 2000 al-Qaeda attack on the USS Cole. Some commissioners have criticized the Clinton and Bush administrations for failing to mount a military response to the attack, which killed 17 U.S. sailors.
"He was adamant about trying to work in a bipartisan way to fix the problems," said Democratic commissioner Timothy Roemer, a former U.S. representative from Indiana. "He was quite honest and frank."
John Lehman, a former Navy secretary under President Reagan, agreed.
"He did very well," Lehman told CNN. "He gave us a lot of very helpful insights into things that happened, policy approaches."
No comment, just observing, that's all.